The Writing Process

This guide is intended to help you start writing a college paper.

The Writing Center

The STCC Writing Center is available to help you edit and revise your papers. They are located in Building 13, Rm. 125 and are open M-F 9 am-5 pm (with selective evenings open until 7 pm). Call 413-755-4234 for more information.

Free Online Tools

Mindomo Mind Mapping

With a free account, you can use Mindomo to organize your ideas into a mind map. Mind maps are great for visual learners and will help you to organize your thoughts in a creative way.


Evernote allows you to collect digital, audio and written content and keep it organized. Save webpages, journal articles, photos, voice memos, and more, and access them any time from your computer or phone. A basic account is free.


This app is used to create outlines. Workflowy will organize your research using a traditional outline hierarchy that can be expanded and edited easily.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL)

You may have used OWL to help you with your bibliographies and reference pages, but did you know OWL offers many other resources about the writing process? This site is easy to use and has a wealth of information.

Thesis Statement Creator

The Thesis Statement Creator will help you create a stronger thesis statement by building on your research question.

Free Word Processing Tools

Don't have Microsoft Word, but need to write a paper? Here are free word processing tools that you can download onto your computer or use through the web.